Thursday , 21 September 2017

This Week in History: Jan. 11, Electricity Comes to McKinney

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer

January 13 through January 19

A womans right to vote at the local, state and national levels and electricity for the city of McKinney highlighted this week in our history.

In 1845, William Sachse, who would settle and become an early pioneer in Collin County, arrived in Texas.

In 1854, a post office was established in the community of Weston, northwest of McKinney. When free rural delivery began, early in the twentieth century, that post office was the first in the county to submit an application to deliver rural mail.

In 1877, the temperature was -18 degrees below zero, the coldest day recorded in the county.

In 1901, a post office was established in the Branch community. It remained open for two years. When it was closed residents began receiving their mail through the Lavon office.

In 1905, the McKinney City Council issued bonds to build an electric light plant that would result in the citizens of the city having access to electricity.

In 1918, the women of Collin County were allowed to vote for the first time in local and state elections, nearly a decade before they were allowed to vote in national elections. Two years later, the federal legislature with the support of President Wilson and in opposition to the womens suffrage movement; rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote in federal elections. The decision was met with such disgust by the women of the nation that President Wilsons second wife, Edith, became a public activist for the cause. She influenced the President to change his mind and five years later the Nineteenth amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote.

In 1920 Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect.

In 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow came through McKinney in quite a hurry attempting to evade a posse of sheriffs and deputies from Collin and neighboring counties in pursuit of them.

In 2009, Denison native, Chesley Sullenberger, ditched his bird disabled plane in the Hudson River. All 155 aboard survived.

TSB contributing writer Don Newsom is an avid historian and a former Superientendent of Schools for Celina ISD.

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